The 2018 Speakers
National Director State & Local Controversy
1801 K Street, NW #1200
Washington, DC 20036
Shirley Klenda Sicilian is National Director of State and Local Tax Controversy in KPMG LLP's Washington National Tax office. In this role, Ms. Sicilian supports KPMG’s network of controversy specialists in every state and delivery of KPMG SALT controversy services nationwide.
Professional and industry experience
Prior to joining KPMG, Ms. Sicilian was General Counsel for the Multistate Tax Commission, an intergovernmental agency whose membership includes forty-seven states and the District of Columbia. She previously served as Director of Policy and Research, and then General Counsel, for the Kansas Department of Revenue.
Before working in the tax area, Ms. Sicilian worked in public utility regulation, serving as Chief of Economic Policy and as Assistant General Counsel for the Kansas Corporation Commission.
Ms. Sicilian received the national Paull Mines Award for Outstanding Contribution to State Tax Jurisprudence in 2013. And Tax Analysts - State Tax Notes named her as one of ten finalist for its 2013 Person of the Year, citing her as “one of the most influential legal thinkers in the field.”
Publications and speaking engagements
Ms. Sicilian has been appointed to serve on a variety of advisory and deliberative boards; is a frequent writer, instructor, and speaker on state tax topics; and has authored several briefs before various State Supreme Courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. Her publications include the corporate income tax chapter for State Business Taxes, a Law Journal Press publication updated semi-annually.
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